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Barcelona 3-0 Elche: Lionel Messi scores twice in comfortable win

Lionel Messi has now scored 18 goals in La Liga this season
Lionel Messi has now scored 18 goals in La Liga this season

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Elche to move within five points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

The Argentina forward found the bottom corner to open the scoring from Martin Braithwaite's backheel after the break.

The 33-year-old then doubled the lead 20 minutes later, finishing smartly after a wonderful solo run and pass from Dutchman Frenkie de Jong.

Jordi Alba wrapped up the win at the Camp Nou shortly after when he converted from Braithwaite's header.

Messi's double takes him top of the La Liga scoring chart with 18 goals, two more than Luis Suarez.

Barcelona are third in the table behind Atletico and Real Madrid, albeit having played a game more than the leaders.

Sevilla can also move back above them if they win their game in hand.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 28Mingueza
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forLengletat 76'minutes
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forDestat 76'minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 8PjanicSubstituted forDembéléat 45'minutes
  • 16González
  • 17Machado TrincãoSubstituted forBusquetsat 67'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9BraithwaiteSubstituted forGriezmannat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dest
  • 5Busquets
  • 7Griezmann
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 19Fernandes Siqueira
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 29De la Fuente

Elche

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Badia
  • 19Barragán
  • 5Verdú
  • 24Sánchez Guillén
  • 23Garrido CifuentesSubstituted forChaves de la Torreat 60'minutes
  • 14Gutiérrez Parejo
  • 6MfuluSubstituted forSánchez Benítezat 81'minutes
  • 25Mojica
  • 10MillaSubstituted forMartinez Modestoat 72'minutes
  • 22RigoniSubstituted forMorente Olivaat 60'minutes
  • 9BoyéSubstituted forCarrilloat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gazzaniga
  • 7Martinez Modesto
  • 11Morente Oliva
  • 12Calvo Sanromán
  • 15Sánchez Benítez
  • 16Chaves de la Torre
  • 18Palacios Zapata
  • 21Carrillo
  • 26Donald
  • 32Barri
  • 37Carmona Álamo
  • 45Andreu
Referee:
Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamElche
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Elche 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Elche 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Guido Carrillo (Elche) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tete Morente with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

  6. Post update

    Pedri (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Guti (Elche).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Guido Carrillo (Elche) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Pedri tries a through ball, but Sergiño Dest is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Luismi replaces Omenuke Mfulu.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  14. Post update

    Guido Carrillo (Elche) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Clément Lenglet replaces Gerard Piqué.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergiño Dest replaces Jordi Alba.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann replaces Martin Braithwaite.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Guido Carrillo (Elche) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Johan Mojica with a cross.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 3, Elche 0. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Braithwaite with a headed pass.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Nino replaces Pere Milla.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 24th February 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid23174245162955
2Real Madrid24164442192352
3Barcelona24155453223150
4Sevilla23153534161848
5Real Sociedad24118541202141
6Villarreal2481333325837
7Real Betis24113103238-636
8Levante2471073433131
9Granada2486102941-1230
10Ath Bilbao2385103327629
11Celta Vigo247892936-729
12Valencia246993032-227
13Osasuna2467112233-1125
14Cádiz2467112140-1925
15Getafe2466121730-1324
16Alavés2457122038-1822
17Eibar2449111927-821
18Real Valladolid2449112235-1321
19Elche2349102034-1421
20Huesca24310112135-1419
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